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3D Areola Tattoo

Using the Art of Tattooing to enhance and correct


The 3D areola tattoo procedure can be performed for many different people and for a vast variety of reasons. Typically, we see clients who have undergone surgical procedures which have misshapen or removed the areolas completely. Some examples are double mastectomies as a result of breast cancer, extra skin removal after weight loss, breast lifts, and top surgeries for transgender people. While plastic surgeons often do their best to recreate or save what they can, the nipple can be incredibly difficult to reconstruct, and the healing process can cause further asymmetry.

By using the artistic technique of light and shadow, it is possible to create the illusion of a 3D areola that looks realistic, right down to the tiny folds, wrinkles, and bumps. This tattooing procedure is incredibly important after healing from a traumatic surgery because it allows our clients to move forward in life with confidence.  

What to Expect

The first thing we will do is take "before" photos. Then, we will discuss what needs to be done to achieve your goals. We will draw everything on with a surgical marker while you are standing up and looking into a mirror to ensure you’re comfortable with the placement and size. Once we have come to an agreement on what needs to be done, numbing cream is applied to the area to be tattooed.

While you are numbing, we set up everything needed to perform the procedure. Together we decide on the pigments to be used by swatching a few different colors on your skin to find the shades that look the most natural and complement your skin tone the best.

Pain is minimal and most clients don’t feel very much at all due to nerve damage from the surgery or surgeries they have undergone. The tattooing procedure from beginning to end typically takes around 2 hours. After the procedure we will take photos to document the transformation. Then we will either  apply aftercare ointment or a transparent film wound dressing.


Aftercare instructions will be given based on the type of dressing used.

Pre-care Instructions

  • Avoid alcohol and blood thinners like aspirin, Advil, or fish oils a minimum of 48 hours before the procedure for best results.

  • Avoid waxing, facials, and beauty treatments the week before your procedure to ensure your skin is not peeling or reacting to the treatments.

  • Discontinue the use of  Retinol/Retin A and products containing Tretinoin a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your appointment.

  • Do not have a sunburn on your skin at time of appointment. 

Avoid While Healing

  • swimming

  • baths

  • sweating

  • saunas

  • gardening

  • sun

  • pets near the treatment areas

  • vigorous exercise

  • tight clothing that causes friction or doesn’t allow areas to breathe

  • No accutane and must be off of accutane for a minimum of one year before having a permanent makeup procedure done

  • Avoid coffee the morning of your appointment.

  • Do not be under the influence at time of procedure. 

  • Must be over 18 years of age and prepared to show Proof of age.

  • Must not be pregnant

3D Areola Unilateral

3D Areola Follow-up

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